Jodie Comer cuts a sophisticated figure for the Prima Facie afterparty following West End debut

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Jodie Comer cuts a sophisticated figure as she changes into a white blouse for the Prima Facie after party – after earning rave reviews for her West End debut

It was no surprise that Jodie Comer was beaming on Wednesday night as she attended the Prima Facie afterparty, shortly after making her anticipated West End debut. 

The actress, best known for her notorious role as Villanelle in BBC’s Killing Eve, received rave reviews for her one-woman show and was bound to celebrate her acclaim at The Londoner Hotel in Leicester Square.

Cutting a sophisticated figure, the thespian, 29, donned a white blouse with extreme wide sleeves and tucked the garment into flattering tailored trousers. 

Beaming: Jodie Comer cut a very sophisticated figure for the Prima Facie afterparty at The Londoner Hotel on Wednesday night - after her West End debut received rave reviews

Beaming: Jodie Comer cut a very sophisticated figure for the Prima Facie afterparty at The Londoner Hotel on Wednesday night – after her West End debut received rave reviews

A pair of chunky Louboutin heels perfectly rounded things off, as did her chic up-do, which left two strands of hair framing her face.

Jodie applied a generous layer of makeup, reinforced by brown lipstick. 

She was joined for photographs by a slew of crew members, including Australian-British playwright Suzie Miller. 

Career milestone: The actress, 29, best known for her notorious role as Villanelle in BBC's Killing Eve, made quite the impression with her one-woman show

Career milestone: The actress, 29, best known for her notorious role as Villanelle in BBC’s Killing Eve, made quite the impression with her one-woman show 

Classy: The thespian, 29, donned a white blouse with extreme wide sleeves and tucked the garment into a flattering tailored trousers

Glowing: Jodie applied a generous layer of makeup, reinforced by brown lipstick

Classy: The thespian, 29, donned a white blouse with extreme wide sleeves  and tucked the garment into a flattering tailored trousers

Good spirits: A pair of chunky Louboutin heels perfectly rounded things off, as did her chic up-do, which left two strands of hair framing her face

Good spirits: A pair of chunky Louboutin heels perfectly rounded things off, as did her chic up-do, which left two strands of hair framing her face

Co-workers: She was joined for photographs by a slew of crew members, including Australian-British playwright Suzie Miller (pictured right, with director Justin Martin pictured left)

Co-workers: She was joined for photographs by a slew of crew members, including Australian-British playwright Suzie Miller (pictured right, with director Justin Martin pictured left)

The Liverpudlian was not short of support on her inaugural performance, as author Giovanni Fletcher and former BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis were among those hitting the West End to watch her. 

Giovanni, 37, wore an eye-catching red jumper underneath a white shirt, while Emily, 51, wrapped up in a pastel blue coat. 

Jodie’s new venture sees her play an idealistic young barrister who specialises in defending rape suspects.

Theatre trip: The Liverpudlian was not short of support on her inaugural performance, as author Giovanni Fletcher (left) and former BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis (right) were among those hitting the West End to watch her

Night out: Emily, 51, wrapped up in a pastel blue coat

Theatre trip: The Liverpudlian was not short of support on her inaugural performance, as author Giovanni Fletcher (left) and former BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis (right) were among those hitting the West End to watch her

Character: Jodie's new venture sees her play an idealistic young barrister who specialises in defending rape suspects

Character: Jodie’s new venture sees her play an idealistic young barrister who specialises in defending rape suspects

Acclaim: The Daily Mail's Patrick Marmion awarded her'ferocious yet forensic performance' a strong four stars out of five

Acclaim: The Daily Mail’s Patrick Marmion awarded her ‘ferocious yet forensic performance’ a strong four stars out of five

Role: Prima Facie is a one-woman show by Australian-British writer Suzie Miller in which Comer plays an idealistic young barrister who specialises in defending rape suspects

Role: Prima Facie is a one-woman show by Australian-British writer Suzie Miller in which Comer plays an idealistic young barrister who specialises in defending rape suspects

Emotional: In a whirlwind opening, she runs through her generic routine of discrediting victims to get clients off the hook. Blink and you miss it as she fits wig and gown, rearranges her chambers’s furniture into a courtroom and rattles off her glib technique

Emotional: In a whirlwind opening, she runs through her generic routine of discrediting victims to get clients off the hook. Blink and you miss it as she fits wig and gown, rearranges her chambers’s furniture into a courtroom and rattles off her glib technique 

The Daily Mail’s Patrick Marmion awarded her ‘ferocious yet forensic performance’ a strong four stars out of five.   

He wrote: ‘Comer blows us away in a ferocious yet forensic performance that’s related in a blizzard of quickly shifting perspectives. She gets us onside as the high-flying barrister with her native Liverpool accent and anti-Establishment attitude – at one point tossing rubbish into the audience. 

‘But her abrupt disintegration into fevered, ashen-faced confusion is seriously distressing. Although her performance runs a stunning gamut from cocky joy to despair and humiliation, it’s the subject matter that dominates the evening.’

Prima Facie – What is the verdict? 

THE GUARDIAN

Rating:

Arifa Akbar writes: ‘Jodie Comer’s West End stage debut is a baptism of fire by any standards. A one-woman play about a lawyer who specialises in defending men accused of sexual assault, until she is assaulted herself, it demands frenetic, non-stop physical and emotional engagement from its lead.’

THE TELEGRAPH 

Rating:

Dominic Cavendish writes: ‘West End debuts don’t come much more astonishing than this solo tour de force by Jodie Comer. 

‘Her performance, running a full-pelt 100 minutes, propels her into the front rank of stage stars.

‘It has to be said that the 29-year-old Liverpudlian has seemed incapable of putting a foot wrong when it comes to career moves.’ 

DEADLINE 

Baz Bamigboye writes: ‘What a truly stunning debut it is. Comer is phenomenal and commands the stage.

‘Comer, 29, gives a fearless, faultless performance as Tessa, a criminal barrister who specialise at defending rapists.’ 

TIME OUT 

Rating:

Andrzej Lukowski writes: ‘Jodie Comer gives a tour de force performance in this slightly clunky sexual assault monologue.’

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